Transition to cloud video surveillance accelerates

Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire(UK)

Josh Woodhouse, Lead Analyst and Founder, at Novaira Insights.

Novaira Insights, a leading video surveillance market research provider, has released its latest report on the trends in the transitioning and use of the cloud in video surveillance. The findings show that this trend is accelerating, and, by the end of 2022 over 2 million professional-grade video surveillance cameras in the USA were already cloud connected. Importantly, the researchers claim that this accounts for only a fraction of the total installed base.

The company forecasts the number of cloud connected cameras to grow at an average annual rate of over 80% to the end of 2026.

Cameras are being connected to the cloud via two main approaches:

  • Connections to a cloud-based video management software. This is a SaaS subscription to a cloud hosted software which typically includes a cloud storage plan.
  •  Cloud managed devices consist of a hardware purchase + SaaS contract for access to video management functionality. Particular hardware is typically required for this solution to function. The primary tier of video footage storage often remains on-premise (either in a camera or in a network video recorder).

According to report co-author and principal analyst, Jon Cropley, “Demand for both types of solution has been growing quickly. Of the two largest vendors in the USA by number of connected cameras, Eagle Eye Networks is a vendor of cloud video management software and Verkada is a vendor of cloud managed devices. There are many other vendors though and new entrants keep emerging. Many of the vendors profiled in the report were only founded in the last decade.”

The vast majority of surveillance cameras are still not connected to the cloud. It seems the trend towards greater cloud use is accelerating. Novaira Insight’s research included an end-user survey where just 14% of respondents based in the USA or Canada indicated that that there were future barriers preventing their organisation from using more cloud solutions. This was down from 55% of respondents in a previous survey, conducted in Jan 2022.

According to co-author and founder of Novaira Insights, Josh Woodhouse, “A major factor in the accelerated trend to using the cloud is the transformative shift in organisations where the remit of IT departments have broadened, often incorporating responsibility for video surveillance and electronic physical security operations. Many IT professionals already default to cloud, so are pushing for the same in surveillance in their organisations.”


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